“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”
As I entered into the protective and comforting walls of this university, I knew I would never want to leave. People kept telling me that these would be the best four years of my life. It was a cliché. These four years would be really great, giving me a variety of experiences that I couldn’t find anywhere else.
It’s not a cliché. It’s reality. These have been the best years of my life.
There is something unique about the traditional college experience. Living on a campus surrounded by a plethora of resources including professors, libraries, databases, classrooms, and incredible amounts of learning going on every single day puts the world at your fingertips. In addition, you are living surrounded by people your age. They’re your next door neighbors, your classmates, your colleagues, and your best friends.
Now that I am in my junior year, graduation has become an inevitable reality. It’s encroaching so quickly, inching up on me every single day. I see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m not sure I want to leave the tunnel just yet. It’s dark and scary sometimes, but it’s also cool and safe from the dangers of the outside world.
Preparation for the outside world is intimidating. College is the place to make mistakes and learn from them. Once you’re in the outside world, one big mistake can be the end of a career. There are realities that you have to face outside of the university bubble. You begin under the wing of your parents and while university may seem to be a brand new freedom, you are still under the university’s protective wing.
Contrastingly, the closer I get to graduation, the more excited I get. While there are a reasonable amount of nerves as I think about the responsibilities, possibilities, and opportunities, my stomach flips with excitement for the fresh, new experiences that are yet to come.
I think that these feelings are normal. There’s no right way to feel about any situation, but I think that the majority of students in my position feel the way that I do. There are a mixture of emotions giving you whiplash as you flip back and forth between them.
Eventually you have to rely on trust; trust in the universe, trust in your support system, and trust in yourself. University has helped prepare me for the real world in ways that I’m even not sure I realize yet. I also don’t want to get ahead of myself; I still have three more semesters left to learn in a place where I can learn anything and everything I could ever want to know. While time is fleeting, the knowledge, friendships, and experiences that I gain while at this incredible institution will stick with me for the rest of my life and for that I will be forever grateful.